Test Peugeot 508 SW GT PureTech 225: The car is called wish

Only the name has remained, a legacy of a distant past. Families have not liked them since the good old days, and they were seen elsewhere, first on the side of the minivans, then the SUV. Given the collapse of the segment (365,000 sales in France in 2002, 92,000 in 2017), the family must therefore change their language, seduce another audience by other qualities: elegance of the line, dynamic talents.

The four-door coupes set the tone with their low roof and their escape. The new Peugeot 508, introduced in October 2018, fits in this direction: compact device (4.79 m) for weight reduction, 1.40 m below the plate (6 cm less than the oldest), side windows without framing, roof falls strong from the central pillar. The new 508 SW makes the nail big. He announces it with pride, no breaker culminates deeper than him: 1.42 m. In comparison, the old 508 SW dominates almost half a head (1.48 m). But Peugeot does not know that a station wagon must also transport troops and luggage.

Without a doubt the most beautiful angle of the 508 SW. The stern is wide, strong and well placed on the ground. The stretch and corner shape of the side windows adds to the elegance of the sedan.

The Peugeot 508 SW has handled the reception in the back row He stretched the roof and slowed his declension. His boot volume increased (4.79 m) in favor of the rear overhang, but without losing the beauty and fluidity of the sedan. On the contrary. For those who love long rooftops and two silhouettes, the Breaking SW, with its large and powerful back, is the most attractive of the 508s.

Peugeot 508 SW PureTech 225 Award

The 508 SW range costs € 1,300 more than the sedan The starting price for the HDi 130 diesel starts at 33,600 euros. The 225-horsepower gasoline version tested here only comes in GT finish with 48,900 euros. The limited edition of the First Edition (400 copies in France) increases the slider by one step: 52,950 €. In the sedan, the increase in the 508 SW tariffs from generation to generation is not small. Although the old 508 SW had tightened its courses at the end of the course, the younger one now offers a lesser degree for a much higher price. A priori, not the ideal commercial combination …

Peugeot 508 SW GT PureTech 225 test

Luckily, the 508 GT has now been enriched: sprung suspension, hands-free tailgate, 19-inch wheels, leather and suede upholstery, adaptive distance control with stop & go function in traffic jam, assistance in keeping the lane. 12 HP audio. The 508 SW as well: 10-inch multimedia screen, i-cockpit digital panel, side glazing without frame. Nevertheless, the jump stutters on the scale of tariffs. Stop cracking so much of the temptation First Edition. It offers a total of € 5,500 equipment, which is billed as an option in GT, for an additional € 4,050. Plus a beautiful wooden chest floor that she will keep exclusivity: a future "collector".

Drive the 508 SW PureTech 225

Driving SUV too often distances this truth from the automobileBut as unchanging as the laws of universal gravitation or the recipe for piperatum: A car, an object naturally moved, can only pretend to be dynamic when it is light and low. In other words: coupe, sedan or station wagon. Short template, roof closer to the ground, look of a hunting car, the 508 SW promises driving pleasure. And keeps his word, especially in 225 hp petrol version.

Peugeot 508 SW GT PureTech 225 test
Punchot, sobriety, efficiency, balance, comfort: full box for the Peugeot 508 SW 225 hp petrol engine. And besides, she is beautiful.

The twists? It clears it: incisor direction, the front gear sticks to the road, the rear train follows the movement without twitching, the anti-slip comes late and almost unnoticeable. The irregularities of the bitumen? She extinguishes her. The issues of curves? She swallows her: 7.4 s from 0 to 100 km / h. We did not expect so much from a 1.6-liter petrol, it is disturbed by a surprisingly light automatic transmission in its reports. A small steering wheel and a low seat add to the driver's feeling of being in the body with the machine. No unwanted air noise, usual acoustic sin with unframed windows.

Peugeot 508 SW GT PureTech 225 test

As I said, the price increase of the 508 SW makes you speechless, Same comment for his road qualities in the Declination GT 225 HP. The perfect balance between efficiency, comfort, punch and simplicity. Are you definitely on the SUV page? All right, everyone is happy. But honestly, you missed something and missed a punishment that plays muted: only $ 140 for this powerful tanker.

On board the Peugeot 508 SW PureTech 225

Peugeot 508 SW GT PureTech 225 test
Small steering wheel, digital instrumentation, controls in piano keys, 10-inch screen facing the driver, beautiful materials, beautiful finish: the dashboard of the new 508 SW combines luxury and modernity. A very nice detail: The lower part of the center console is slightly sloping.

Peugeot 508 SW GT PureTech 225 test
The 508 SW receives much better AR passengers than the saloon. No sense of limitation: raised roofing, extended glazing. And the strap does not hit the strap holder at the inner case of the roof.
He spent the time of the load breaks. In the boot competition game with the Volkswagen Passat (650 l) loses the 508 SW. With its load volume (530 l, 30 l less than its predecessor) it lies in the middle of the segment.

Competition Peugeot 508 SW PureTech 225

Peugeot 508 SW GT PureTech 225 test
Peugeot 508 SW
Renault Talisman Estate

It's not easy to find a rival directly to the 508 SW 225-PS petrol, The Volkswagen Passat SW has stayed with a different design of the station wagon: high roof (1.48 m), large trunk (650 l). And the delay that the VW Group takes in handing over its engines to the Euro 6D standard has limited its supply: nothing more than 150 hp in gasoline. The same applies to the Audi A4 Avant (4.73 m) in two-wheeled version. Volvo has turned its back on the massive trucks of the past: 4.76 m, 1.43 m high and 529 l trunk for the Volvo V60. But here again wrong track. Volvo calls it out loud: full range of gasoline for the S60 sedan. Forgot to say that the Break-V60 wields the opposite religion: that's the diesel!

The BMW 3 Series Touring Wagon (4.63 m) is six years old and will soon be replaced. Like the Ford Mondeo SW (4.87 m) and the Opel Insignia Tourer (4.91 m), the Renault Talisman Estate plays in the big leagues: 4.87 m. From then on, it weighs heavily. Its 225 hp petrol engine is not the master of sobriety. Judgment Malus: 3.756 €. In other words, eliminated.

Mercedes C-class station wagon
Volkswagen Passat SW
Mercedes C-class station wagon

In the end, only the Mercedes-Benz C-Class remains small (4.70 m), and 184 hp as the Series 3 Touring for the strongest of its proposals two-wheel petrol engine. It is shorter (460 l) and less bright (7.9 s from 0 to 100 km / h) than the 508 SW. But start lower: 46 000 €. A Mercedes cheaper than a Peugeot … Even if they separate 40, the times have changed so much, or exaggerates the 508 SW?


508 SW


Break C 200


Talisman Estate

Volkswagen Passat SW


4.79 m

4.70 m

4.87 m

4.77 m


1.42 m

1.46 m

1.47 m

1.48 m


2.79 m

2.84 m

2.81 m

2.79 m


A gas. 4 cylinders. turbo


1,598 cm3

1,497 cm3

1798 cm3

1,498 cm3


225 ch

184 ch

225 ch

150 ch


300 Nm

280 Nm

300 Nm

250 Nm







1 505 kg

1,565 kg

1,589 kg

1,540 kg


From 530 clock

at 1,780 l

From 460

at 1,460 l

From 503

at 1,681 l

From 650

at 1,780 l

0-100 km / h

7.4 s

7.9 s

7.5 s

8.8 s

Max. speed

246 km / h

235 km / h

234 km / h

213 km / h

Mixed consumption *

5.7 l / 100 km

6.2 l / 100 km

7.2 l / 100 km

5.5 l / 100 km


130 g / km

136 g / km

164 g / km

115 g / km

Malus 2019

$ 140

$ 410

3,756 €



$ 47,300


at 47.700 €

From 37,800

at 43.100 €

From 34,980

at 40 560 €

(*) Approval value.

Peugeot 508 SW PureTech 225 review

Peugeot 508 SW GT PureTech 225 test
Windows without frames, it's chic. Like the sedan, the 508 Kombi made that choice, which was usually reserved for top-notch 4-door coupes.

Okay, the price … Once this bad news is digested, only the best remains. The same dynamic talents as the 508 sedan, while the rear passengers are much better received. The same beauty, elegance and more, because a four-door coupe line, which stretches its roof, becomes a natural hunting car. Not much to worry about, even with a gasoline engine that strikes hard, a punishment whose SUV, higher and heavier, is now raging. Therefore this hope, which was revived by the Peugeot 508 SW 225 HP: and if the station wagons would be the future of the automobile with the professional wall?

We like

  • Her beauty, powerful and slim
  • Great driving pleasure in 225 HP strong gasoline version, very small Malus
  • Not the feeling of captivity in the back row felt in the limo

We regret it

  • The 508 SW prices have increased too much from generation to generation
  • The small thickness of the rear window hinders the retrovision
  • Direction too strongly supported, except in sports mode

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